Home Security

  • Understanding burglaries is the key to minimizing your risk.
  • Understanding security systems is the key to prevent burglaries.
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We carry the top brands and back it up with top quality installation. Honestly your alarm system is only as good as it’s install. If you choose not to go with Guardian Security, we will still help you, below we will list an easy way to ensure you get the minimum quality level from whichever company you choose.Not every homeowner’s needs are the same. Location, lifestyle, age, health… all come into consideration when designing a home security solution and we offer the best products, programs and services. This enables us to design and install a home security system that will best protect you and the things you cherish. For example, we can design a system incorporating these security options:

  • Monitoring & Response
    For burglary, fire, carbon monoxide, and medical emergencies.
  • Remote & Local Video
    You can keep an eye on your home from the next room or another country from almost any internet connected device.
  • Security Lighting                                                                                             Don’t return to a dark home, have your home and landscaping lights turn on and off as needed. You can even control the lighting from your phone while you’re out.

Look at some of the products we offer, premium brand named products installed to fit your needs and budget.

TuxedoTouchHoneywell

There’s a Honeywell security system for every lifestyle, budget and need. And they do more than keep you and your family safe and secure…they give you peace of mind and can even keep you connected to your home wherever you are. Our products are easy enough for every member of the family to operate, providing a level of simplicity and convenience you’ll really appreciate.

PK5500DSC

Probably the most popular system in North America due to ease of use and installation. A good choice for your security system.

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IN TOUCH WITH YOUR LIFESTYLE

Honeywell’s lifestyle-enhancing LYNX Touch lets you control your security system, lights, locks and thermostats, view video and more—all from one brilliant, full-color touchscreen or on mobile devices around your home. Choose from versions with 7” or 4.7” touchscreens.

PARADOX

A favorite among home owners for their great looking keypads. If you’re going to have something on your wall, why not have something that looks great. Paradox is not as popular among installers due to it being more difficult to program, but we love this system. The price point on their keypads is lower than other manufacturer’s decorative keypads.TM50-CrimsonRed_Front_bigK641+_DC_Front_english_big

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RESIDENTIAL CANADIAN BREAK-IN OCCURRENCES IN SECONDS
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PERCENTAGE OF BREAKINS PERFORMED BY AMATEURS
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PERCENTAGE OF AVOIDABLE BURGLARIES
Tips to a Better Security System

There are only 2 major brands of alarm systems, DSC and Honeywell. There are other brands that are well known such as Paradox and GE and a few others but DSC and Honeywell are the main products used by 9 out of 10 alarm companies. So this should tell you that the installation makes all the difference. We are using the exact same parts but some people have a lot of false alarms and some have hardly any. Some people end up not using their alarms due to false alarms or other issues that have nothing to do with the equipment. On an average home the parts to labour ratio should be about 50/50, that means you are paying just as much for the install as you are for the parts, so while you’re trying to get the best system, it’s just as important if not more so to make sure you get the best installation.

Do not buy from a company that uses proprietary equipment. You lose some freedom, if you are ever dissatisfied with their service you will be forced to buy a new system. Also the new equipment may not be the same size as the old, so damage may have to be repaired. Luckily there are only about 2-3 companies in BC that do this.

Make sure the company solders all their wire connections, this means all window and door sensors! This is a must to avoid future false alarms and it only takes an extra 10 seconds per contact. Having this repaired after the fact can cost you hundreds in labor not to mention false alarm fines. At least 80% of companies do not solder! This is very easy for you to catch, many other short cuts aren’t so easy for the regular homeowner to detect.

Ask how much labor the company is including in their quote. This is a major factor to get what you paid for. Make sure you’re comparing apples to apples. There is no possible way to get a job done in half the time and keep the quality at an acceptable level. The amount of labour is not usually shown so you must ask for this information.

Ask to see your technicians security license and BC trades qualifications card. The security license is mandatory, no work can be performed without it. If they don’t have the trades qualifications card it means they have not yet completed the provincial exam. They are allowed to work as long as they are supervised by a qualified technician.

Don’t allow your technician to group motion sensors together on to one zone. If it’s done then this tech is not good at all. The reason is all about false alarms. If nothing ever goes wrong or you never use your system then any alarm from any company is great. If you rely on your system to protect you then get it done properly. Motion sensors are the number one cause of false alarms, if you group them together there is no way to tell which one caused the alarm. The only way to ensure the problem goes away is to replace all the sensors, which is going to hurt your pocketbook. It is okay to group doors and windows together as a false alarm from them can be diagnosed using a meter. Still you want to keep the grouping to about 4 openings maximum.

Best of luck with your system and we hope this has helped you make a better decision.